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Beckford's Tower

Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower, Bath BA1 9BH, England
+44 1225 460705
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Quirky place to stay

We had a very quiet week staying at Beckfords Tower even though the museum was open to the... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Great view and interesting history

Walked to the tower from central Bath on quite a grey day, still a great view from the top and also... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Sarah K
London, United Kingdom
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Beckford's Tower is now closed for the winter, reopening on 5 March 2016. The elegant, golden-topped neo-classical tower on Lansdown Hill was built by Henry Goodridge in 1827 as a retreat for the brilliant writer and eccentric William Beckford. Born to great wealth and endowed with precocious talent Beckford created magnificent buildings in which to store his extraordinary art, furniture and book collections. Today the tower houses a museum dedicated to Beckford. The magnificent spiral staircase sweeps up to the Belvedere with its ornately gilded lantern affording breath-taking views over Bath and the surrounding countryside. At the foot of the tower is the Victorian cemetery, once part of Beckford’s pleasure garden, where both he and Goodridge lie buried. Check the website for our regular ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours of otherwise private parts. Exhibition 4 June – 30 October: The Towers of Bath
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Beckford Tower Lansdown Tower, Bath BA1 9BH, England
+44 1225 460705
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

We had a very quiet week staying at Beckfords Tower even though the museum was open to the public...the walls were very thick. It was a shock to us that there wasn't a tv, radio or wifi but after a couple of days we didn't...More

Thank Foxglove17
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Walked to the tower from central Bath on quite a grey day, still a great view from the top and also very knowledgeable staff who told us more about Beckford's life and context. The smell of the generator was slightly off-putting. The graveyard and trees...More

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This place has a great story and good views. I think it is ideal if you build a visit into a walk, there's a nice pub nearby too.

Thank pauliem1
Reviewed 13 March 2017

It's only open a few days per year, but is well worth taking the time to visit when you can get inside. It's a dizzying experience, visiting the family history and life of William Beckford, and the views over the West of the city are...More

1  Thank T1m0te1
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I came to this place by happenstance and had a lovely couple of hours wandering around with friends admiring the views and also the grounds and cemetery which is a very quiet contemplative outdoor space.

Thank BathForest72
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Its well worth visiting Beckford's Tower to climb the colourful staircase and see the view of Bath from the top. There's also a lot of information on display about William Beckford's eccentric life. If you're into romantic decay, the adjacent cemetary is well worth a...More

Thank PebbleL
Reviewed 29 August 2016

For the price of the ticket you essentially get to climb the 155 odd steps of the tower, from where there are excellent views across Bath (if the weather is good) and a quick wonder around the two rooms which are open to the public....More

3  Thank AngusmacTV
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Being a bit of a folly buff and living In North Somerset I finally managed to get up to Lansdown on Saturday afternoon to visit the tower. I was going to go during the week but it appears to be only open at weekends. Anyway...More

1  Thank floydman51
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Tucked away on the very limits of Bath and not very well known to visitors or locals lays this tower house. Bus 31 will take you very close but you will still need to walk 4" or so. Build for Beckford towards the end of...More

3  Thank SusanaTrell
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We stayed in the Landmark Trust apartment in Beckford's Tower for four nights. Situated on the ground floor, the Scarlet drawing room has been restored to it's former glory, recreating the gothic grandeur on a domestic scale with silk covered walls and gold embellishments. We...More

7  Thank Sue00do
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If the 8 parking spaces for the Tower are full, is there anywhere else nearby to park?
2 March 2016|
Response from Janey A | Property representative |
Hello It's extremely rare for the slots to all be full, but should that be the case the Lansdown Park and Ride car park is only 500 m away. Hope to see you soon! Janey